Football Queensland to deliver coaching courses focused on increasing representation and diversity

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Football Queensland has confirmed that they are set to deliver seven MiniRoos coaching courses across the state, designed to increase the diversity and representation of qualified community coaches in the state.

Following completion of the course, all attendees will have fulfilled the first step in becoming a Casual Participation Officer who can deliver after school programs and Sporting Schools programs.

Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci acknowledged the importance of increasing representation and opportunities for First Nations peoples.

“Representation of First Nations peoples across all areas of our game is integral in ensuring football remains the game of choice for all, for life,” Cavallucci said via a statement to FQ.

“Currently only 177 coaches in Queensland identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander despite more than 3,200 First Nations players participating in Football Queensland competitions.

“The aim of these upcoming coaching courses is to provide an opportunity for our current Indigenous participants and other members of their communities to become upskilled in a new area of the game so that we can welcome more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in community coaching roles across Queensland.

“We’re thrilled to be able to deliver MiniRoos coaching courses across seven of our regions from Far North and Gulf to the South Coast, which will be free for both new and existing participants and will be delivered in conjunction with the host clubs.

“We also encourage clubs who are interested in running a similar community coaching course of their own to register their interest with Football Queensland.”

Robert Cavallucci on FQ’s involvement in NST bidding process

Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci recently featured on an episode of The Subs Bench podcast to discuss multiple issues in the Queensland football space.

One of the more hotly debated topics were the allegations and rumours swirling on social media regarding Football Queensland’s involvement in the National Second Tier bidding process.

On The Sub’s Bench podcast, Cavallucci strongly defended against these claims that Football Queensland were roadblocking clubs from putting a final bid in and doubled down on the body’s support for the state’s NPL clubs who intend to join.

Cavallucci spoke specifically about how the process of selecting clubs for the National Second Tier would work.

“As the governing body that process of choosing clubs needs to be independent process of selection criteria and run by Football Australia. We’re not going to come out and publicly pick winners, or one bid over another bid or one endorsement over another,” he said on The Subs Bench podcast.

The allegations against Football Queensland online suggested the body worked against clubs that applied for the NST, but Cavallucci was quick to shut that notion down.

“Certain negative sentiments were being deliberately disseminated and that happens in these circumstances. If the clubs bid was deficient in some capacity and the likelihood of success was low, the easiest way to defer responsibility is to put it onto the third party,” he said.

“The easy victim in this case is the governing body. It’s their fault our bid didn’t stack up, it’s their fault that we’re deficient in these areas.”

Football Queensland throughout the process remained fully supportive of the new competition but understood it was likely not the right time for specific clubs in the state to be involved as soon as 2025. Cavallucci mentioned working with other bodies to try and find a solution for these NPL clubs to get involved.

“None of that is true. We absolutely supported clubs where we were asked to in certain ways. I spoke regularly to many of the presidents involved to provide support to them and they would ask us questions, proactively engage with Football Australia,” he said.

“We were enormously active in the assembly of the National Second Tier model, we were in working groups with Football Australia for two years leading up to it.”

There were six applicant clubs progressed to the National Second Tier Request for Proposal phase, however, ultimately four NPL Queensland clubs withdrew making public and private statements regarding their decisions and they demonstrated patience. The four clubs cited a preference to wait for a more mature NST final model.

NPL Queensland have clubs that certainly can garner the financial strength through amazing peer support and critical revenue streams. They have clubs with insanely rich histories in this country that deserve to be playing at the highest possible level.

There has been very little discussion as to whether Football Australia will cast the net wider and expand on the 8-team league it currently is however it gives the six Queensland clubs some time to sort out financials and launch an improved bid.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund encouraged by Football Queensland to improve facilities

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund’s (GCBF) second round of applications for 2024 are open until April 30.

Ran by the Queensland Government, it has been supported by Football Queensland to encourage applicants to get involved in the state’s largest one-off community grants program which distributes approximately $60 million each year.

The GCBF supports groups across the state which provide services, leisure activities and opportunities throughout Queensland’s diverse and extensive communities. In 2024, the first round of funding has already occurred, with the grant sum total of $35,000. Round 121, the one in which Football Queensland fall within, are entitled to grants of $100,000. Round 121 is rightly named in recognition of the 30th Anniversary, dubbed as a super round.

The funding granted by the GCBF can enable clubs across Queensland to invest in a vast variety of Football related aspects including training, coaching, and player development, while also providing funds for facility improvement and creation. Furthermore, the money can also lead to the creation of community events in that will drive youth participation, similar to the Melburnian Boys and Girls FC event held in Bendigo.

In relation to this grant, Football Queensland renewed their partnership with Felton Industries who are Australia’s primary designer of aluminium outdoor based furniture. They are currently the official seating, shelter and grandstands partner of Football Queensland, and have joined the entity in providing their services to clubs in need of grandstands, clubrooms, clubroom furniture or upgrades in facilities.

The two organisations renewed their existing agreement for a further two years in February. Chief Executive Operator of Football Queensland Robert Cavallucci stated his approval of the Felton Industries partnership, claiming how it compliments Football Queensland’s 2023-2026 strategic plan – ensuring that “there are no barriers to participation and clubs are provided with high-quality infrastructure”.

With the 100k grant coming from the GCBF for the Queensland community, both parties within the partnership are able to benefit.

Football Queensland will continue to comply with its strategic plan through the yearly improvement of its footballing facilities across the state. Felton Industries will provide those required upgrades with all the manufacturing process occurring in Australia.

From all aspects, the partnership all attributes to the growth and nourishment of Football within Queensland, therefore only raising the quality amongst it.

For full information on GCBF and to apply, you can find it here: https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/community-grants

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